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January 22, 2014
09:53 EDTSTRZA, NFLX, TWX, AMZNShowtime, HBO, Starz say NPD study incorrect, LA Times says
A study by NPD group suggested that pay-TV channels such as Starz (STRZA) and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO and Showtime are losing subscribers to digital services such as Hulu, Amazon (AMZN) Prime and Netflix (NFLX), reported the Los Angeles Times. A Showtime spokesperson said 1M subscribers are added per year while a Starz spokesman noted that it has added 1.2M subscribers in the past twelve months. A HBO spokesman said, "The research is simply incorrect. Both HBO and Cinemax services have shown significant domestic subscriber growth the past two years." Reference Link
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April 23, 2015
13:12 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Analysts mixed on Amazon ahead of Q1 report
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, April 23 with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (13c) on revenue of $22.39B. The consensus range is (56c)-35c for EPS, and $21.74B-$22.88B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported fourth quarter EPS of 45c against estimates of 17c, on revenue of $29.33B against estimates of $29.67B. The company gave Q1 revenue guidance of $20.9B-$22.9B and Q1 operating income guidance of ($450M)-$50M, compared to $146M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported worldwide paid Prime memberships increased 53% in 2014. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: During Amazon’s Q4 earnings conference call, CFO Thomas Szkutak said the company will look to invest in China and India. In the past quarter, an Economics Times report said the company was planning to create its own fashion and lifestyle private brands in India. RBC Capital says the company’s outlook is still positive due to significant opportunity for growth in India. UBS noted that Amazon could benefit from restructuring its China operations, making a case for Amazon to exit the country as it faces stiff competition from Alibaba (BABA) and Jd.com (JD). Amazon.com expanded its two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Baltimore, Miami, Austin and Atlanta. Piper Jaffray said the expansion of the program is "encouraging" and will prevent retailers from gaining mindshare from Amazon. The company announced the launch of its Amazon Giveaway tool, AWS Marketplace, new Fire TV features and greenlit five new Amazon Original series, but it plans to shut down Amazon Webstore. ChannelAdvisor said Amazon SSS was up 27% in January, 22.7% in February and 24.6% in March. In recommendations, the company’s price target was raised RW Baird after the firm assigned a standalone value of $40B-$45B to Amazon Web Services. Its price target was also raised at Citigroup due the company’s upcoming disclosure of new segment metrics. Earlier this month, Cleveland Research said its checks indicate Amazon has in-line sales growth and margin expansion that will lead to modest upside Q1 CSOI. Jefferies adds that the company’s fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term margin improvement with scale. Baird also said that its Amazon.com survey suggests accelerating growth trends in product selection and Prime-eligible units. Piper Jaffray said it is positive on Amazon shares because the firm believes margins will exceed expectations for the next two quarters. Ahead of the company’s Q1 earnings report, Amazon was upgraded at Monness Crespi citing a the release of results for Amazon’s Web Service segment. The firm called it a "catalytic event" outside of the company’s "standard beat-and-raise" type of report. Amazon was downgraded, however, at BGC Financial due to the negative impact of currency. BGC added that it expects the company to "sustain its investment cycle regardless of overall profitability." PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 24% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q1 report, Amazon.com shares are down 0.35%.
12:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Amazon.com April weekly call option implied volatility is at 163, May is at 50, June is at 37, July is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
08:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:25 EDTAMZNAcacia Research subsidiaries enters into settlement agreement with Amazon
Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and Saint Lawrence Communications GMBH, subsidiaries of Acacia Research (ACTG), entered into a settlement and license agreement with Amazon (AMZN).
06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon to provide financial information for AWS unit today, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK NFLX
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05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CLDN AMZN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Celladon (CLDN) 383, Amazon.com (AMZN) 44 according to iVolatility.
April 22, 2015
17:31 EDTNFLXNetflix renews 'Daredevil' for season two, Hollywood Reporter says
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17:23 EDTAMZNNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:27 EDTTWXMattel, Warner Bros. & DC Entertainment announce partnership
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
10:53 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTSTRZAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Alcoa (AA) initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... American Water (AWK) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Anadarko (APC) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Apache (APA) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Associated Banc Corp (ASB) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Concho Resources (CXO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Consolidated Edison (ED) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Continental Resources (CLR) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... DTE Energy (DTE) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Denbury Resources (DNR) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Dominion (D) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Duke Energy (DUK) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Edison International (EIX) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Encana (ECA) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Eversource (ES) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Exelon (EXC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... FirstEnergy (FE) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Great Plains Energy (GXP) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Hess Corp. (HES) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Marathon Oil (MRO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Media General (MEG) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Medley Capital (MCC) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Murphy Oil (MUR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Newtek Business Services (NEWT) initiated with a Neutral at Ladenburg... NextEra Energy (NEE) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Noble Energy (NBL) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PG&E (PCG) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... PPL Corp. (PPL) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... PSEG (PEG) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Pinnacle West (PNW) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Range Resources (RRC) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... STMicroelectronics (STM) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Southern Company (SO) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Southwestern Energy (SWN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Starz (STRZA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Stellus Capital (SCM) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... TECO Energy (TE) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Zogenix (ZGNX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... bluebird bio (BLUE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
10:02 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
09:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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08:11 EDTSTRZAStarz initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities
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07:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi
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07:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Amazon.com April weekly call option implied volatility is at 137, May is at 48, June is at 34, July is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
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